12 Days Turkish History Tour
Duration: 12 Day
Pick Up Time: 08:00 am
Pickup Point: Istanbul-Turkey
WHY SHOULD YOU SEE THIS TOUR?
These two cities are the most populous and important ones in Turkey. Istanbul, located in the northwest part of the country, is considered Turkey’s economic, cultural, and historical center. With its rich history and strategic location, Istanbul has been a melting pot of diverse cultures for centuries. Ankara, on the other hand, is the capital city of Turkey and is located in the central part of the country.
It is the second-largest city in Turkey and is home to many government institutions, universities, and research centers. Both Istanbul and Ankara offer unique experiences to visitors, from exploring ancient landmarks to enjoying modern amenities. If you’re planning a trip to Turkey, don’t miss the chance to visit these two beautiful cities.
In Istanbul, visitors can marvel at the stunning architecture of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, both of which are centuries-old landmarks. The city is also known for its bustling markets, such as the Grand Bazaar, where visitors can find everything from traditional Turkish carpets to exotic spices. For those who enjoy a more modern vibe, Istanbul’s nightlife scene is second to none, with countless bars, clubs, and restaurants to choose from.
In Ankara, visitors can explore the city’s rich history by visiting the Anitkabir Mausoleum, which is the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. The city is also home to several museums, including the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which houses artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Ankara offers plenty of parks and green spaces, including the Genclik Park, which is one of the largest parks in the city and is a popular spot for picnics and outdoor activities.
Overall, both Istanbul and Ankara offer unique experiences that are sure to delight any visitor. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or simply enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling city, these two destinations are not to be missed.
Bursa, Pamukkale, and Ephesus are three of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. Bursa, known as “Green Bursa,” is famous for its beautiful gardens and parks. Visitors can also explore the city’s historic landmarks, such as the Grand Mosque and the Green Tomb.
Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural wonder that attracts tourists from all over the world. The white travertine terraces and hot springs make for a stunning sight. Visitors can also explore the nearby ancient city of Hierapolis.
Ephesus, an ancient Greek city, is home to some of the best-preserved ruins in the world. The city was once a thriving center of trade and culture, and visitors can still see the remains of the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis, and the Great Theater.
All three destinations offer a unique glimpse into Turkey’s rich history and culture. Whether you’re interested in natural wonders, ancient ruins, or modern cities, Bursa, Pamukkale, and Ephesus have something to offer everyone.
DAY1: Arrival to Istanbul / Meet and Pick up / Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, our team will meet and assist you before providing a private transfer to your hotel. Once you have checked in, you will have the rest of the day free to relax at the hotel or explore Istanbul at your leisure.
DAY2: Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour (Istanbul)
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a full day city tour. The tour will include the following highlights:
- Hippodrome: A remarkable architectural masterpiece from Late Antiquity, the Hippodrome has witnessed numerous historic events throughout its long history.
- Blue Mosque: One of Istanbul’s largest mosques, renowned for its stunning 17th-century architecture and exquisite blue tiles. It is also known for its impressive six minarets.
- Topkapi Palace: Situated in one of Istanbul’s oldest historical districts, Topkapi Palace is an iconic structure that offers a glimpse into the city’s rich heritage.
- St. Sophia: Hagia Sophia is a significant landmark considered a pivotal point in architectural history. It holds great spiritual and touristic importance for Christians.
- Grand Bazaar: One of the world’s most visited touristic destinations, the Grand Bazaar is renowned for its authentic atmosphere and vibrant marketplace.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (Optional cruıse night tour)
DAY3: Half Day Bosphorus Cruise (Istanbul) tour
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a half-day city tour, which will include a visit to Dolmabahce Palace, the breathtaking Camlica hilltop, the historic village of Ortaköy, Rustem Pasha Mosque, and the famous Spice Bazaar. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will have the opportunity to explore and learn about structures and places dating back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Additionally, you will enjoy a scenic boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait, offering magnificent views of Istanbul from both sides.
In the afternoon, you will depart for Ankara on a bus, arriving in the evening. Overnight stay in Ankara.
DAY4: Ankara Tour(Anatolian Civilizations Museum and Anıtkabir)
Following breakfast, our transfer service will pick you up from your hotel to begin the Ankara tour.
You will visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, one of the most important museums in Anatolia, housing invaluable artifacts from the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, as well as significant pieces from the Hittite, Urartian, and Phrygian civilizations.
Next on the itinerary is a visit to Anıtkabir, the eternal resting place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. This prestigious site also bears traces of the Hittite, Greek, Seljuk, and Ottoman cultures that have shaped Turkey’s history.
In the afternoon, you will depart for Cappadocia via Tuz Lake, reaching your destination by 1 pm. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
DAY5: Discovering the Beauty of Cappadocia on the Red Tour:
Itinerary: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Cappadocia before embarking on the Red Tour, a journey to explore the unique beauty and history of the region.
Begin your tour at the Göreme Open-Air Museum, one of the most famous sites in Cappadocia. Marvel at the historical rock churches and monasteries nestled among the remarkable rock formations of Göreme.
Next, visit the Paşabağ Valley, renowned for its fascinating fairy chimneys and rock pillars. Don’t miss the chance to see the peculiar group of fairy chimneys known as the “Three Graces.”
Continue to the charming town of Avanos, famous for its ceramic production. Explore the numerous ceramic workshops and witness skilled artisans at work. You can even try your hand at crafting your own ceramic piece.
Enjoy lunch in Ürgüp, a town known for its historic houses, fairy chimneys, and wine-making facilities. It’s a delightful place to experience the essence of Cappadocia.
Visit Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, famous for its intriguing rock formations. Let your imagination run wild as you discover various shapes within the rocks.
Conclude the tour with a visit to Uçhisar Castle, perched atop the highest point in Cappadocia. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views and marvel at the unique geological features of the region.
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary beauty and rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia, creating unforgettable memories on this Red Tour.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Overview: Embark on the Cappadocia Red Tour, starting with a visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing remarkable rock-cut churches and frescoes.
Next, explore the unique rock formations in Pasabag Valley, also known as Three Beauties. Marvel at the surreal landscape and take memorable photos.
Continue to Devrent Valley, often referred to as Imagination Valley, due to its unusual rock formations resembling various shapes and figures.
Visit the pottery town of Avanos and witness the traditional art of pottery-making. Finally, explore the picturesque town of Uchisar and visit the Uchisar Castle, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Cappadocia.
Return to your hotel in Cappadocia for an overnight stay.
Optional Turkish Night,Whirling Dervish Show and Baloon
We will also visit the carpet store.
DAY6: Cappadocia Green Tour
Itinerary: Embark on a journey to explore the natural wonders of Cappadocia on the Green Tour. Begin your adventure by visiting Ihlara Valley, a stunning valley with high rock walls, ancient churches, and monasteries. As you hike through the valley, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes and rich historical heritage. Next, delve into the depths of Derinkuyu Underground City, an impressive underground marvel that served as a hiding place and refuge in ancient times. Marvel at the historical and architectural details as you explore this fascinating underground city.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Overview: Explore the Derinkuyu Underground City, a fascinating underground complex that served as a refuge for early Christians. Discover the intricate network of tunnels, rooms, and chapels as you delve into the depths of this unique historical site.
Afterwards, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Ihlara Valley. Take a leisurely hike along the canyon, marvel at the towering cliffs, and admire the lush greenery surrounding you. Don’t forget to visit the hidden cave churches that dot the valley, each housing beautiful frescoes.
Overnight in Cappadocia
Optional Turkish Night,Whirling Dervish Show and Baloon
DAY7: Travel from Cappadocia to Pamukkale
We will be on our way to Pamukkale from Cappadocia. During the journey, after visiting Mevlana Tomb, We will take a photo break in Sultanhan. Afterwards we will have a lunch break in Konya. From there we will continue towards Pamukkale. Today we will visit 1 textile factory. Overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY8: Hierapolis-Pamukkale Tour
Itinerary: Start the day with a delicious breakfast and set off on a journey to Pamukkale, a natural wonder known for its travertine terraces. Walk on the white terraces or dip your feet in the refreshing waters. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, filled with well-preserved ruins from the Roman period such as the ancient theater, Roman baths, and agora. Take a dip in the Cleopatra Ancient Pool, rich in history and culture. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Overview: Embark on a journey to Pamukkale, a unique natural wonder that boasts terraces of white mineral-rich travertine pools. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis and marvel at its well-preserved ruins, including the impressive theater, necropolis, and the Temple of Apollo.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take a dip in Cleopatra’s Pool, said to have been visited by the legendary queen herself. Enjoy the warm and mineral-rich waters as you soak in the historical ambiance.
Optional Hot Air Baloon Tour
DAY9: Ephesus (Selcuk) Tour:
Itinerary: Visit the magnificent Ephesus Ancient City, home to the famous Celsus Library and the Great Theater. Explore the Agora, an ancient marketplace that used to be a hub of trade and culture. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, a sacred site believed to be the final residence of the Virgin Mary. Immerse yourself in the historical, religious, and natural beauty of Ephesus. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Overview: Embark on a tour of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. Explore the magnificent ruins, including the iconic Celsus Library, the Ancient Theatre, the Marble Street, and the Temple of Hadrian.
Visit the Agora, the heart of Ephesus, where ancient Greeks gathered for commerce, politics, and social activities. Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant atmosphere of this once-thriving city.
End your day with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a sacred site believed to be the final resting place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Experience the spiritual ambiance and pay homage to this revered figure.
We will go to Leather Stores and visit places selling organic products.
DAY10: Travel from Kusadasi to Bursa
We will be on our way to Bursa from Kusadasi. During the journey, on the way to Bursa, we will take a photo break at a place we call Göl Yazı (Sunset photo break). Overnight in Bursa.
DAY11: Experience the Rich Heritage of Bursa on a Captivating City Tour:
Itinerary: Embark on a delightful journey from Canakkale to Bursa, covering approximately 150 kilometers of scenic beauty. As you arrive in Bursa, prepare yourself to be enchanted by the city’s captivating charm and rich history.
Our tour begins with a visit to the Bursa Grand Mosque, a magnificent example of Ottoman architecture. Marvel at its elegant design and intricate details, which serve as a testament to the foundation of the Ottoman Empire. Prepare to be in awe as you explore the mosque’s exquisite interior.
Next, we will stop at the Green Tomb (Yeşil Türbe), the final resting place of Osman Gazi, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, and his family. The tomb’s green ceramic tiles and interior decorations showcase the opulence and cultural heritage of the Ottoman era.
Immerse yourself in Bursa’s history as we venture into the historic Inner Castle District. Lose yourself in its narrow streets, traditional shops, and historic houses, all of which contribute to the district’s charming ambiance.
A gastronomic delight awaits you for lunch as you savor the famous İskender kebab, a local specialty that will tantalize your taste buds with its flavors and aromas.
Afterward, you can choose to further explore Bursa by visiting the Bursa Castle or taking a cable car ride to Mount Uludağ. Experience the natural beauty of Uludağ and, if weather permits, engage in winter sports activities that will leave you exhilarated.
Throughout the day, you will be immersed in Bursa’s rich historical and cultural heritage, creating unforgettable memories. At the end of the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing conclusion to your Bursa adventure.
Overview: It is dedicated to discovering the wonders of Bursa, a city known for its rich history and cultural heritage. Here are the highlights of your Bursa tour:
- Bursa Grand Mosque: Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Bursa Grand Mosque, also known as the Ulu Cami. This impressive mosque features intricate tile work and is a significant religious site in Bursa.
- Green Tomb: Visit the Green Tomb, the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed I. Admire the stunning green tiles that adorn the interior walls and learn about the history and significance of this beautiful structure.
- Bursa’s Inner Castle District: Explore the Inner Castle District of Bursa, a charming area with narrow streets and traditional Ottoman houses. Stroll through the lively marketplaces, sample local delicacies, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
- Uludag: If time permits, take a cable car ride to Uludag, a popular ski resort and a paradise for nature lovers. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
At the end of the day , you will return to Istanbul to your hotel from Bursa and our tour ends.
DAY12: End of the Tour.(Departure from Istanbul)
Thus,our tour is completed.After you have breakfast at the hotel, check-out will take place from the hotel. Afterwards, we will take you to the airport according to your flight time.
⦁ Please note that the program is subject to changes based on flight schedules, availability, and local conditions.
⦁ This all-inclusive, private guided tour includes a professional English-speaking tour guide, comfortable transportation in a fully air-conditioned vehicle, and comprehensive entrance fees. Let the expert guide take care of the logistics while you explore the history, beauty, and authenticity of This tour.